It’s September and fall has begun. Now is the perfect time to take care of those chores around the house to prepare your home for the winter. Here’s a handy checklist for your home this fall.
- Take care of your outdoor plants and trees. Fall is the right time to make sure your plants and trees will survive the harsh winter months. Prune and mulch your trees, and get rid of any dead branches or leaves that may impede your plants health. It may also be beneficial to hire an arborist to assist with your tree and lawn maintenance.
- Rake leaves. This is one of the most iconic chores to do in the fall and for good reason. Trees begin to shed their leaves in the fall, and raking them up is important for the protection of your lawn.
- Clean your gutters. Leaves that get clogged in your gutters can freeze in the winter, weighing down on your roof and make them very heavy. Keep your gutters clear of debris to keep your roof in shape.
- Seal any exterior holes. Rodents and pests will look for somewhere warm to get away from the cold, so it’s important to patch up any holes that could lead into your home.
- Repair your walkway and driveway. A precarious walkway can be made even more treacherous in the cold winter. Keep your walkway and driveway safe by repairing any holes or damages that may have happened over the summer.
- Add weatherstripping. Heating a home in the winter can be costly, so save money by installing weatherstripping to all of your windows and door frames.
- Clean out dryer vents. Cold weather increases static electricity that can cause a fire in unclean dryer vents. Call a duct cleaning specialist to make sure that you have completely cleaned out your vents.
- Conduct an energy audit. Hire a professional to come out and see where your home could improve energy wise. This may include switching appliances to Energy Star appliances, adding weatherstripping or adding insulation to your attic.
- Get your chimney cleaned. It’s important for the safety of your home to make sure your your chimney, furnace, and heating system are in working order before turning them on or starting a fire. Also, don’t forget to get a chimney cap to keep any unwanted creature out.
Getting a head start on your home’s maintenance will prepare your home for the winter months ahead.